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  1. 4 Baby Deaths Spur Graco Stroller Recall

    Oct. 20, 2010 -- The strangulation deaths of four babies has led Graco to recall 2 million Quattro and MetroLite brand strollers. The deaths aren't recent. They occurred between 2003 and 2005. That bothers Donald Mays, senior director of product safety for Consumer Reports. "This troubles me very mu

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  2. Sleep-Position Devices for Babies Are Risky

    Sept. 29, 2010 -- The FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have issued a joint warning against the use of sleep-positioning devices designed for babies. The devices have caused 12 infant deaths over the past 13 years. “Our goal is to make sure parents and caregivers are aware of the

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  3. Breastfeeding May Cut Infection Risk for Babies

    Sept. 27, 2010 -- Exclusively breastfed babies have fewer and less severe infections as infants regardless of the standard of health care or vaccinations they receive, according to a new study. But partially breastfed babies may not enjoy these protective effects. "Exclusive breastfeeding helps prot

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  4. Recall of Similac Powdered Baby Formula

    Sept. 22, 2010 -- Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories says it is recalling about 5 million containers of its top-selling Similac powdered infant formula due to possible contamination by beetles or larvae of the bugs. Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz tells WebMD that the product being recalled is sold

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  5. 3 Out of 4 New Moms Breastfeed

    Sept. 13, 2010 -- Three out of four new mothers in the U.S. start out breastfeeding their newborns, but less than half are still breastfeeding by the time their babies are 6 months old. A new nationwide report from the CDC shows the percentage of new mothers who initiate breastfeeding at birth is ri

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  6. Timing of Delivery May Affect Cerebral Palsy Risk

    Aug. 31, 2010 -- Babies delivered at 37 or 38 weeks -- or at 42 weeks or later -- are at increased risk for cerebral palsy compared to those born at 40 weeks, a study shows. Still, the absolute risk of developing cerebral palsy is considered extremely low. The study is published in the Sept. 1 issue

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  7. Breastfeeding May Lower Moms' Diabetes Risk

    Aug. 27, 2010 -- Breastfeeding for a month or longer appears to reduce a woman's risk of getting diabetes later in life, according to a new study. The breastfeeding and diabetes link has been reported in other studies, according to researcher Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, assistant professor of medicin

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  8. Probiotics May Reduce Crying From Colic

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- A probiotic supplement may be an option for parents trying to soothe a colicky baby, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Turin, Italy, found that a few daily drops of Lactobacillus reuteri, a bacterium that can help improve digestion, significantly reduced c

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  9. Many Car Seat Injuries Occur Outside the Car

    July 6, 2010 -- Car seats are supposed to protect infants from injury during a traffic accident, but they can increase the risk for injury when used inappropriately outside of the car, such as in the home or in a shopping cart, according to a new study. Shital N. Parikh, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon a

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  10. More Than 2 Million Cribs Recalled by 7 Manufacturers

    June 24, 2010 -- More than 2 million cribs are being recalled by Evenflo, Delta, and five other manufacturers. The recall swells to about 9 million the number of drop-side cribs recalled in the last five years, says Consumer Reports safety expert Don Mays. "They outsource the manufacture of these cr

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